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Research And Economic Development Accomplishments

Oct 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy Institute & Brookings Mountain West) moderated two keynote sessions on the conference theme "Vegas Growing Up — Welcome to the Big Leagues," featuring Jeremy Aguerro, and on "Growth Management in the Intermountain West," featuring Chris Nelson of the University of Arizona. Karen Danielsen (Public Policy & Leadership) was joined by community leaders, Chad Williams of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority and Mike Shohet of Nevada HAND, to offer a session on "Housing and Community Development in Nevada. David Damore (Political Science), Caitlin Saladino (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), and Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West) presented a session on "Planning and State Politics." Marya Shegog (Community Health Science and The Lincy Institute) and Sara Hunt (UNLV School of Medicine) were joined by Natasha Mosby (Social Work) to present on "Health Equity in Nevada."  Jaewon Lim (Public Policy & Leadership), along with Zachary Miles (Research & Economic Development), offered a session on "Economic Development in Nevada"  Magdalena Martinez (Public Policy & Leadership and The Lincy Institute) was joined by Maria Marinch of the College of Southern Nevada to present on "Latino Education: The Key to Metropolitan Vitality."  Two visiting scholars from the Brookings Institution to Brookings Mountain West also offered sessions: John Hudak, senior fellow in governance studies, presented on "Marijuana Regulation & Neighborhood Impact" and Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, presented on "Teacher Diversity & Achievement Gaps.  */

Oct 15, 2018
Nicole Schultz (International Gaming Institute) recently published an article in M Life Magazine, the internal publication for all MGM Resorts International properties, about the different virtual and augmented reality entertainment options on the Las Vegas Strip.

Sep 25, 2018
Jay Nietling (Physics and Astronomy), Katelyn DiBenedetto (Graduate College), Anabel Chavva (Service Learning & Leadership), Sara Tajalli (Writing Center), Shanna Kinzel (Student Union & Event Services), and Jill Zimbelman (Research and Economic Development) are this year's recipients of the Professional Development Awards. These $500 awards are granted to individuals who would like funding for a professional development endeavor. Six are granted each year and can be used toward numerous professional development opportunities, including: Conference travel Workshops Training Certificates Winners were announced at the annual Administrative Faculty Development Day on Sept. 19.  

Sep 14, 2018
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) is the author of an article about World Tourism Day, an event promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The article, which was written for the Italian website Ytali, covers the role that technology plays in tourism today and how technology can produce more sustainable tourism practices in the future. She is a sociology doctoral student and a graduate assistant in the International Gaming Institute.

Aug 1, 2018
Qing Wu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health ) and Yingke Xu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) are the authors of "Decreasing Trend of Bone Mineral Density in US Multiethnic Population: Analysis of Continuous NHANES 2005 - 2014," which has been accepted for publication in Osteoporosis International. For Xu, a graduate student, this is her first first-authored manuscript accepted for publications. Wu is the senior author.

Jun 20, 2018
Lori Ciccone, Lyndsay Ifo, Hallie Lyons, Francisco Mejia, Quentin Murrel, and Mary Vicuna-Howe (all Sponsored Programs) recently accomplished a career goal of receiving their certification in research administration.The designation of certified research administrator indicates that an individual has met the Research Administrators Certification Council’s eligibility requirements and has demonstrated the level of knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator.

May 22, 2018
André Wilsenach and Jennifer Roberts (International Center for Gaming Regulation) were invited to present at this year's International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) conference and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia in Macau. The two spoke on emerging topics in the gaming industry, including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and esports, as well as taxation and global regulatory trends. 

May 22, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) recently delivered two keynote addresses in Macau, China. The first keynote was for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) Summit and focused on the impacts of the integrated resort on society and the economy. The second, for the Asia Lottery Forum, presented a global analysis of problem gambling impacts, implications, and treatments.

May 11, 2018
Bo Bernhard (International Gaming Institute) was recently selected as the recipient of the 2017 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award. The award recognizes faculty members whose work significantly advances the recipient’s academic field, addresses real-world needs and concerns, and contributes to Nevada’s economic growth and development. Bernhard's research focuses on the sociological and psychological impacts of gambling on the individual and the community. Over the years, Bernhard has done extensive research on the impacts of gambling in global communities and is frequently called upon to consult with national and international governments that are interested in bringing the gaming industry to their respective jurisdictions.

May 1, 2018
Xiangxue Xiao and Yingke Xu (both Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine), and Bowen Liu (Math and NIPM) recently published findings in Osteoporosis International, a high-impact peer-reviewed medical journal published by Springer that is an official journal of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The graduate students’ findings resulted from projects they worked on while enrolled in EAB 788 in spring 2017, a course taught by professor Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and NIPM) that focuses on logic and application of meta-analysis in public health. Xiao and Xu published “Thiazide Diuretic Usage and Risk of Fracture: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies” on March 25. Liu published “Depression and Risk of Fracture and Bone Loss: An Updated Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies” on March 12.